My son-in-law is an executive with a large international corporation. The group of colleagues he works with has a ‘code’ word when one of them is going to be absent from work. If illness or some other personal situation prevents one of the group from coming in, a call is made to the office and simply says, “man down”.
The contact alerts co-workers that the person will not be there. Every one else knows to come together and take up the slack. This network is one of the reasons the corporation is so strong. The group cares for each other.
In the spiritual realm, one of the great blessings of being a part of a body of believers is that when we hear ‘man down’, everyone can stand in the gap for the absent member. The work of the kingdom can proceed and the missing person can feel support from brothers and sisters of the faith.
At this point, the wisdom of Solomon is clear: “Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NCT). The Apostle Paul encourages the believers at Philippi to “work together as one” (Philippians 1:27, NCT). In chapter two, Paul continues his exhortations of working together: “…having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and having one mind and purpose” (Philippians 2:2, NCT). In verse four of chapter two, Paul gives this wise counsel: “Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others” (Philippians 2:4, NCT).
Are you a loner? Do you always try to carry your burdens by yourself? There is “a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31, NCT). When we are a part of body of Christ, we have help in our time of need, and we, in turn, can give help to others in their times of need. You become a member of the body of Christ by accepting Jesus as Savior. You then need to be part of a local church and/or fellowship group. You don’t have to struggle alone! What a blessing to be able to call people who care and say, “man down”.
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another” (1 John 4:7)
~ Brother Roy